Arsene Wenger has lambasted his Arsenal side for being ‘naive’ and below-par ‘in ever department’ in their loss to Ipswich in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final last night.

The gunners lost 1-0 at Portman Road and put in an uncharacteristically sluggish performance, going down to a Tamas Priskin strike, and Wenger were upset with the way that his side played against a team that was hammered 7-0 by Chelsea in the FA Cup at the weekend.

‘We were too naive,’ said the Arsenal boss. ‘I said to them if you can't win the game at least don't lose it,’ said Wenger. ‘I was very disappointed. We had no spark, no creativity. But I'm confident we will turn it around at home.

‘It would be an easy excuse, we didn't lose tonight because we need a centre-back, we lost it because we didn't produce the performance we wanted. We were below our usual level in every department and it would be unfair to put the blame in the defence. We have only two central defenders and we are short but I do not want to speak about any particular name.’

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